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Acne 101: How to calm your problem skin FAST

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Is it me, or does it seem like during the most important and busiest times, breakouts welcome themselves onto our face? Whether you’re studying for midterms, nervous for a big event, or so busy that you just can’t find time to relax, stress can be a big factor in problem skin and breakouts. During these times, it’s most important to care for ourselves! Did you know our skin is our largest organ? If you don’t already, it’s time to take skin care seriously!

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “in response to stress, our bodies produce more androgens (a type of hormone). These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne.” You’re not alone. While everyone’s skin is very different, I’d like to talk about my own personal journey with skin care, and what I’ve found to be very helpful!

I do a lot of work on camera, so liquid foundation is a big part of my makeup routine. I also happen to LOVE working out- so sweat is also a big problem. Needless to say, I had to find a good skin care routine, and I had to find it fast!

Here are the 6 ways I learned to control my acne!
 

1. Find a good face wash!

The biggest mistake I see people making is washing their body and face with the same soap. Our facial skin tends to be sensitive and needs a more gentle product. My personal favorite wash is African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash & Scrub on Amazon for only $7.69. Not only has this wash cleared my face up (basically overnight), but everyone I’ve recommended this product to loves it and claims the same thing!
 

2. Do NOT touch your face.

The worst thing you can do during a breakout is to touch your face! Our fingers have dirt and oil, and that’s the last thing an infected pore needs. Try to keep your face free of excess oil by washing it at least once, preferably twice, a day!
 

3. Drink a lot of water.

According to Livestrong, acne can develop when our body is full of toxins (perhaps poor food choices with high sugar content) and vulnerable to inflammation. Water helps to clean out these toxins and lead to healthier skin! While it’s helpful not to put processed foods and sugars into our body, water is handy in washing these chemicals out!
 

4. Wash your face after a workout.

While it’s not always possible to get in the shower directly after a workout, try to wash your face at least, especially if you work out with makeup on! You don’t want to clog the pores in your skin. When our body gets hot, pores expand and welcome in any excess makeup and dirt that's on our face. Don’t let this sit on your skin for too long!
 

5. Eat your veggies!

As I mentioned before, our skin is the largest organ in our body. Similar to other organs, it needs plenty of vitamins and minerals to “operate” efficiently! I think people assume that skin is less vulnerable because it's on the outside of our body, but think about this: skin protects everything in our body from infection! The first step is to keep our SKIN from infection - and vitamins can help do that.
 

6. Moisturize.

When our skin is prone to being oily, it’s hard to imagine a need to moisturize, right? Actually, lack of a good facial moisturizer can lead to even more acne. Don’t skip out on this crucial step! My favorite is the African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer on Amazon for only $10.93. Life changer!

It’s been a long road to finding the right skin care for myself, but I encourage you to find natural ways to keep your skin healthy. While there are a lot of great products out there, I’ve found that eating right, drinking water, and finding a great cleanser has kept my skin healthier than any of the fanciest, most-expensive creams.

Have any favorite skin products or advice? Comment below!

SWEAT REPORTER | Paytra is a musician and writer out of New York City. She moved from a small town in Michigan at age 16 to pursue her dreams, and has been making her mark in the Big Apple ever since! She is a Business Management major and double-certified personal trainer with 6 years experience, so she loves to write about all things nutrition/fitness. You can find her in the studio, at the gym, writing in her journal, or playing piano: and if all else fails, she’s hitting up her favorite coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan! site: PaytraMusic.com